Chad Trutt

Chad Trutt

Graphic Designer at Direct Digital LLC

Charlotte, North Carolina Area
Graphic Design

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Chad Trutt's Overview

  • Graphic/Interactive Designer at Direct Digital
  • Graphic Design Adjunct Instructor at IADT School of Design at Sanford Brown
  • Graphic Designer at Freelance/Contractor
  • Graphic Designer at Our Town Inc.

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Chad Trutt's Summary

Dynamic, qualified, and highly innovative Graphic Designer with extensive global experience providing graphic design, project management, interpretive design, exhibit design/development, and concept development skills to clients worldwide; extreme passion for contributing my creative, innovative skill to design challenges while learning and developing additional skill sets that will allow me to grow as a designer and being a strong leader to a design team.

Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and written and verbal communications skills; innate ability to build rapport with clients and colleagues and succeed in high-pressure, challenging, and deadline-driven environments; ability to foster an optimistic team environment through active listening with diverse groups of people.

Formally trained Design Professional with extensive background in social media, packaging, web design, print advertisement, and project management; self-motivated learner with keen eye and interest in spatial relationships, design trends, sustainability, community, and context-sensitive solutions.


Customer Service, Concept Development, Graphic Design, Project Management, Public Art/Installation, Messaging Concepts, 3D Visualization, Visual Messaging, Budget Management, Spatial Relationships, Design Trends, Interpretive Design, Color Theory, AV Story Boarding, Organizational Management, Team Leadership/Motivations, Document Development/Management, Social Media, Print and e-Deliverables, Presentations and Reports, Photography

Chad Trutt's Experience

Graphic/Interactive Designer

Direct Digital

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Health, Wellness and Fitness industry

November 2013Present (11 months) Charlotte, North Carolina Area

Graphic/Interactive Designer creating web and print graphics including website landing pages, email graphics, brochures, magazine advertisments, environmental graphics including trade show graphics and packaging/label design of new and existing products.

Graphic Design Adjunct Instructor

IADT School of Design at Sanford Brown

February 2011Present (3 years 8 months) Online

Conduct bi-weekly on-line sessions. Engage and monitor students through weekly academic discussion board posts. Evaluate and grade weekly individual assignments and discussion board posts. Mentor students by giving professional advice and encouragement through in-depth project feedback and inspirational announcements posted in the virtual campus.

Graphic Designer


2008Present (6 years) Anywhere

Designer for music groups producing mixtape covers, disc designs, packaging & labels, t-shirts and posters. Creation of fliers, posters, wedding announcements, brochures, logos, business cards, letterheads, product packaging & labels and conceptual art.

Huntington Beach, CA
Created concept artwork of five deceased rappers t-shirt line for DC Shoes Europe.

Abingdon, VA
Responsible for all graphics including logos, web banners and printed material as needed. Clients include March of Dimes, OmniEnviro Water Systems and DJS Designer Jewelry Supplies.

DESIGN CONTRACTOR – The Creative Group
Charlotte, NC
Responsible for development of concept direction and solving marketing problems. Involved with clients such as Sheetz Convenience Stores, Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and Victory Motorcycles.

Lead Graphic Designer

ISS Research

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Health, Wellness and Fitness industry

January 2011March 2013 (2 years 3 months) Charlotte, NC

Manage and develop ISS Research brand OhYeah! Nutrition. Develop all print ad campaign, environmental graphics, retail packaging, labels, POP/POS and web graphics. Manage off site photo shoots. Photo shoots to be utilized in various prints and web campaigns. Increased companies’ social media by over 1000% in six months.

Senior Graphic Designer

MET Studio Design

October 2007April 2010 (2 years 7 months) London, United Kingdom

London, UK, lead full concept and design implementation of graphics for projects located in the United Kingdom, China, Mexico and the Middle East. Designed and composed multimillion GBP credential, pitch, stage & final design documents for delivery and presentations. Developed and designed environmental graphics, directional signage and gallery icons for museums, exhibitions and visitor centers. Clear understanding of cultural sensitivity and sustainable design, through principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

Graphic / Web Designer

Market Street Mortgage

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Financial Services industry

20052007 (2 years) Clearwater, Flordia

Overall creation of loan officer and branch web pages including maintaining company intranet. Design and coordination of various field requests, including custom open house flyers, advertisements, posters, presentations, signage and web banners.

Graphic Designer

Our Town Inc.

20032005 (2 years)

• Layout and update franchising portion of company web site
• Track graphic activity information such as layouts, additional proofs, full menus, artwork, (scans, recreate logos) and final sign off by sponsor number

Chad Trutt's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Mentor 2012

      AIGA Charlotte
      • Arts and Culture
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Arts and Culture

Chad Trutt's Test Scores

  • Coding for Designers

    • July 2013
    • Score: 92

    Aquent Gymnasium course: Coding for Designer where I learned about the wonderful world of CSS.
    This course is an introduction to HTML and CSS for designers. I learned how to translate graphic design to the web; about common pitfalls many print designers face when moving to the web; the basics of how HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Flash work together; how to prototype designs into working web pages; and how to troubleshoot layout and code problems when they come up.

Chad Trutt's Skills & Expertise

  1. Graphic Design
  2. College Teaching
  3. Teaching Adults
  4. Graphics
  5. Web Design
  6. Teaching Experience
  7. Packaging
  8. Adobe Creative Suite
  9. Illustrator
  10. Vector Illustration
  11. Photoshop
  12. Photography
  13. Corporate Branding
  14. Information Graphics
  15. Environmental Graphics
  16. Presentation Boards
  17. POP design
  18. POS design
  19. Offset Printing
  20. Icon Design
  21. Adobe Acrobat
  22. Video Editing
  23. Teaching/mentoring
  24. Teaching Skills
  25. Digital Printing
  26. 3D visualization
  27. Social Media Marketing
  28. Storyboarding
  29. Wayfinding
  30. Large Format Graphics
  31. Apparel Graphics
  32. Exhibition Graphics
  33. Album Design
  34. Label Design
  35. Record Labels
  36. Wordpress
  37. Magazine Ads
  38. Sports Nutrition
  39. Teaching
  40. Advertising
  41. Business Cards

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Chad Trutt's Education

International Academy of Design

Bachelors, Graphic Design


The Living Arts College @ School of Communication Arts

Graphic Design


Northern High School


Chad Trutt's Additional Information


Graphic Design, Web Design, Traveling,

Groups and Associations:
Honors and Awards:

*Awards won on projects worked on while with MET Studio
• 2009 - Finalist - The Grand Award - Manchester United Experience*
• 2009 - Finalist - Exhibition Category - Manchester United Experience*
• 2009 - Finalist - FX International Interior Design Awards - Manchester United Experience*
• 2008 - Winner Best New Exhibit Award BIAZA Awards - Budongo Trail*
• 2008 - Winner Education Award (Public & Visitors) BIAZA Awards - Budongo Trail*
• 2008 - Finalist The Arts Fund Prize - Helmand, A Soldier’s Story*
• 2008 - Runner-Up Museum & Heritage Awards - Helmand, A Soldier’s Story*
• 2006 - Received the company’s highest customer service award known as “SuperHERO”
• 2006 - Second Place Award – Illustrator Category – Media Arts Design Expo
• 2006 - Third Place Award – Drawing Category – Media Arts Design Expo
• 2005 - First Place Award - Illustrator Category – Media Arts Design Expo

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